Maxtech Vise-Mate - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

A great way to extend the clamping capacity of any metal bench vise

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Maxtech Vise-Mate



The Maxtech Vise-Mate (16014MX) is an innovative accessory that will be of interest to anyone with a metal bench vise, and who wants to be able to extend the clamping capacity of the vise.
 
The Vise-Mate consists of two jaws connected by a metal beam. When placed between the jaws of a metal vise it extends the vise clamping capacity by 4". On a 6" vise it will enable you to clamp stock up to 10-1/4" wide. Capacity is somewhat diminished on a 4" vise.


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Durable glass-filled nylon jaws    

The robust jaws are made of glass-filled nylon, which provides much greater structural and impact strength than ABS plastic. Nothing short of a severe beating with a sledge hammer is likely to damage these jaws.
 
The 12" long guide beam that connects the two jaws is made of 3/16" x 1-1/4" carbon steel. It has an enamel coating to protect it from rust, and an imperial scale printed on the top surface.
 

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One end of the beam is attached to one of the jaws (bottom view)

One end of the beam is attached to one of the jaws; the other jaw slides back and forth along the beam. There is a hole in one end of the beam so that you can store the Vise-Mate on a nail or peg.


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Easily hold a 2x10
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V-grooves for clamping round stock
The 1-1/8" high jaws provide ample bearing surface to securely hold thick stock. I had no problem securing a piece of 6x6 post in the vise. And with the jaws fully open the Vise-Mate can easily hold a 2 by 10. As well, the jaws are smooth, so won't mar your stock. Screw stops act as a temporary stop when inserting a long piece of wood into the vise.
 
The Vise-Grip does an great job of holding round stock as well. The jaws faces are slightly curved enabling you to clamp round stock up to 10-1/4" in diameter. Integrated v-grooves on the front edge of the jaws can securely hold dowels and piping 3/16" diameter and larger.


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5" minimum capacity with the vise jaws fully closed
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Use a spacer to hold stock under 5" in width
With the vise jaws fully closed, the Vise-Mate has a 5" minimum capacity. To hold narrower stock you'll need to use a space - for example, to hold a 2x3 in its jaws you'll need to use a 2" spacer.

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Raised level for drilling into work piece
 
The top 1/8" of the jaws have been relieved to support boards so that you can safely drill through your stock without damaging he Vise-Mate. I found that thinner stock, like 3/4" ply, was easy to secure on the recessed ledge because the edges are crisp. There is a tendency for thicker stock, particularly when the edges are rounded over, to slip out of the recess.
 
All in all, the Maxtech Vise-Mate is a great accessory for anyone who has a metal bench vise, and wants to extend its clamping capacity. I found it to be very durable, quick and easy to use, practical, and well priced.


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KEY FEATURES:

  • 4-3/16" x7" (closed)
  • Glass filled nylon jaws
  • Carbon steel guide beam
  • Integrated V-grooves for round stock
  • Raised level for drilling into stock
  • Extends vise clamping capacity by 4"
  • Clamps stock up to 10-1/4" wide (on a 6" vise)

MANUFACTURER:Maxtech
AVAILABLE FROM:Canadian Tire
RETAIL PRICE:$14.95 - $24.95
MODEL #:16014MX
MADE IN:China

Carl Duguay, April 2012
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